Re: Re: A new Clarence Hotel re-development with destruction on Essex St., Temple Bar
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The Clarence itself also has an elegant rear facade that I’d probably be even more concerned about disappearing. In particular though, this typically evasive image is of greatest concern:
What’s this about? Is a daylight image not beyond the bounds of possibility? From what can be made out here, it’s the Westin all over again – token conservation gestures with facade retentions, and a lumpen sprawling blanket of nondescriptness dumped on top of the lot. This may be an unfair assesment given the limited images available, but that’s what you get from being ‘creative’ with releases.
Without question the greatest charm of the Printworks is its chimneyed and gabled roofline, evocative of the Custom House of old and the early 18th century riverscape, and ought not be intruded on. The other parts of the site can accommodate extra height. Otherwise the plans sound impressive, and the news of the Printworks being put to such an appropriate use very welcome indeed.